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Syndicate nod for seat to single girlchild
* Decides to intervene in DAV staff-management tiff
* Revokes the suspension of two professors
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The Panjab University syndicate today approved a seat for the single girlchild for admission to each course in the university, provided she is otherwise eligible for the same.

The syndicate also decided to intervene in the long-drawn battle between DAV employees and the management. While deciding to give a decision on the issue of deduction of provident fund and encashment of earned leave by December 8, it discussed measures to improve the process of re-evaluation and revoked the suspension of two professors.

The vice-chancellor, Dr R.C. Sobti said he had visited New Delhi twice recently and met G.P. Chopra, president DAV College Managing Committee, who had assured him that they would consider the issue favourably.

The syndicate accepted the report of Tarsem Bahia.The committee was formed to suggest measures in improving the re-evaluation process. During its last meeting, the committee had recommended that the head examiner should call a meeting of sub-examiners and instructions about the markings of answer books be discussed in detail. The committee also recommended that the period for preserving answer books should be reduced to eight months for undergraduate courses The syndics revoked the suspension of Prof Jagmohan Singh and Prof Ranjab Garg of Malwa College, Bondli Samrala, who were suspended due to an internal dispute in the college. The syndicate granted provisional extension of affiliation for MFA (I and II) to Government College of Arts, Sector 10, and some other colleges in Punjab.

The members also approved renaming the University of Business School at its Regional Centre in Ludhiana as Panjab University Business School as also renaming of one of the existing posts of professor in the departments of English, Hindi and Punjabi as Dr Mulk Raj Anand professorship , Munshi Prem Chand professorship and Shiv Kumar Batalvi professorship, respectively. The syndicate renamed the English Auditorium as “Tagore Auditorium” and one of the blocks of of its Regional Centre in Ludhiana, as “Lala Lajpat Rai Block”.

In a surprise move, the syndicate today decided that no board of control would have any say on the decisions taken by the Syndicate. Only the senate had the authority to question any decision by the syndicate.

With reference to a case involving a student of the department of library science, wherein the High Court has ordered that the attendance of the student be calculated from the date of admission and not the date of commencement of the course, the syndicate decided to follow the judgement for all students.

The decisions come in the midst of a controversy over the alleged admission of Brinder Dhillon in the department of laws even when he was not present at the time of counselling.



Student hit by car on campus
PU mulls speed humps
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
A student of the department of political science escaped with minor injuries when he was hit by a speeding car on the Panjab University campus. The incident took place at 2 pm. Neeraj, a resident of Hostel No. 3, was crossing the road when he was hit by a speeding Ford Ikon driven by a girl student of the UIPS.

The accident brings into focus lack of traffic management on the campus and non-adherence of rules. There are no defined speed limits for the internal roads in the university. Also, in the absence of speed humps, especially in front of hostels, the students drive up and down, brake-free, making it hazardous for pedestrians.

Says Akhil, a student of the department of chemical engineering: “Mostly, car drivers move around at speed on roads, caring little for those walking.” Immediately after the incident, the dean of student welfare announced that they would make three speed humps on the road in front of the hostel.



All-India Meet
Mayor, commissioner can’t agree
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The All-India Mayors’ Conference became a bone of contention between the mayor and commissioner at the finance and contract committee meeting here today. The meeting will be held again tomorrow to take a decision on the matter.

It is learnt that the commissioner is not too keen to go ahead with the conference,

considering that till date only 43 confirmations have been received for the conference, scheduled for the first week of December. The expenditure for the conference is expected to go up to Rs 20 lakh.

The commissioner at the meeting held that at least 70-80 mayors should confirm their participation before going ahead with the conference.

The mayor was hopeful that more confirmations would come in.

Other issues on the agenda were given the nod, including rough estimates for widening V-6 roads in Sectors 10-A and 44-D, strategic action plan for a 24-hour water supply in Chandigarh and providing streetlights for internal roads of Dadu Majra.

Expenditure for a mini marathon (Rs 2.67 lakh) was also approved. The meeting also approved the auction of condemned vehicles of the fire department. Sealed tenders will be invited for the same.



Admn moots fire equipment in schools
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 20
In view of the fire incident at Government Middle School in Nada village, the district administration has decided to take up the matter of installation of fire-fighting equipment in schools with the education department, Haryana.

While DC Rajinder Kataria has asked the district elementary education officer to conduct an inquiry into the incident, he has sought more details in order to take up the case with the government.

Since the fire was caused by a leaking cylinder, the administration feels the education department must be involved in redressing the problem. Schools are provided with cylinders and cooking material by the department and it is for them to install fire-fighting equipment in schools which run kitchen for mid-day meals.



Case against TV channel
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The local police booked a private TV channel and three persons for allegedly showing an unauthorised video of the “kidnapping” of a Panchkula resident.

According to sources in, a case of revealing the identity of the victim (228-A), defamation (499), and criminal conspiracy (120-B) under the provisions of the IPC and Sections 6 and 8 of the Indecent Representation of Woman Prohibition Act, 1986, has been registered against the private TV Channel.

Sanjay Bhardwaj of Sector 2, Panchkula, who earlier worked with the TV channel, and an NRI from Karnal, Prashant Arora, and his father have been booked on a complaint by the victim’s father, a resident of Sector 10, Panchkula.

The victim’s father lodged a complaint with the police after an acquaintance of his saw indecent clippings of the victim on the private TV channel on June 22 and 23. Defamatory language was used against her. He brought the matter to the notice of the victim’s father, who reported the matter to the police. The police registered a case on Monday.

The police said the victim’s father had earlier lodged a complaint against Bhardwaj on May 27, 1999, alleging that the latter had raped his daughter after kidnapping her. A case was registered against Bhardwaj. On the contrary, Bhradwaj claimed that he had married the girl. The case is pending trial in a local court.

During the trial, Bhardwaj learnt the girl was to be married to an NRI, Prashant Arora. A dispute later occurred between the girl and the Arora family and they got into litigation.

Bhardwaj claimed he was still in touch with the girl and produced video recordings to prove it. Bhardwaj and the Aroras allegedly conspired with the TV channel and got a news report prepared, in which the video clippings were shown. Some newspapers also carried news about the girl.

The case is with the crime branch.



Rituals At Sukhna
Ban too late, say experts
Vishal Gulati
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
The administration has finally woken up from slumber and imposed a ban on performing rituals at Sukhna Lake. But environmentalists and naturalists are of the opinion that it is too late as the festive season, which begins with the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations and ends with Chhat puja, is over. It is during this period, the chances of air and water pollution are higher as diverse religious activities are performed.

Environmentalists say every year during the Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja and Chhat celebrations, the rain-fed lake faces the onslaught of devotees. Thousands of devotees converge on the lake and perform religious ceremonies.

Besides, taking a holy dip, they immerse the puja material into the lake, thus polluting the stagnant waters.

M.S. Johal, a member of the ecological management of the Sukhna Lake Committee, says the ban has been imposed but it’s too late.

He says the committee has asked the administration a number of times to strictly enforce the ban. This time also hundreds of residents performed rituals during Durga Puja and Chhat Puja. They not only polluted the water body, but also threatened the existence of the aquatic fauna.

The lake is home to 197 species of aquatic flora and fauna, including 32 fish species.

“It’s merely a public relation exercise,” says president of the Environment Society of India S.K. Sharma. The administration has installed a number of hoardings warning the visitors against taking a dip into the lake, but no action has been taken against the violators, he adds.

G.S. Dhillon, an ex-consultant for the renovation and remodelling of the Sukhna dam, says: “Religious festivities significantly contribute to the pollution of the lake. Siltation is already pushing the lake towards certain death.

Over the years, the depth of the lake has come down to 1.8 m from 8 m. The current water level is EI 1154, which means the lake is short of nine feet water.”

According to Johal, since the water level is low, the chances of pollutants getting dissolved in the water are bleak. Most of the puja material contains starchy items, this results in pollution and growth of micro-organisms in the water. The pollution depletes dissolved oxygen in the water, thus suffocating organisms.

The experts argue that there is an urgent need of a long-term action plan to arrest the lake’s inexorable march towards certain death.



Land Row
Residents demand inquiry
Allege more land allotted to school than auctioned

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 20
The residents of Sector 12 today demanded an inquiry into the allotment of the school site sandwiched between two parks, creation of a second park and levelled allegations of manipulation by a HUDA officer in this regard.

Addressing a press conference at the disputed school site, general secretary of the association IB Tewari said they were surprised to see that the school had been allotted more land than was auctioned in 1999.

“In the original plan, there is a park in the said area along with a school site. The nursery school should have got only 800 sq m according to the plan. However, an area of 3,036 sq m was auctioned and finally, the school was allotted 3,665 sq m. The school deposited the earnest money and forgot about the site. Since they had failed to deposit the remaining amount, the site should have been auctioned again and their money forfeited,” Tewari said.

The members of the association, headed by L.C. Chauhan, said in the year 2000, a bureaucrat owning a house in the area was posted in the HUDA. Tewari said he manipulated the papers to create a second park in front of his house by giving some land from the existing park as compensation to the school.

“Every aspect of this allotment needs to be looked into. Senior officers must see how and why this school was given extra land, who created a second park and how can possession be handed over to the school management when the site is violative of HUDA norms,” he maintained.

Tewari stated that according to HUDA bylaws, every school site should be open on three sides while this one is open only on two sides with the creation of parks. “Also, the digging is causing so much pollution. Trees have been cut and swings have been removed and the HUDA owes us an explanation,” he claimed.

The residents are gearing up to further oppose the construction of the school tooth and nail and build it up as a mass movement with regular meetings being held for the same.



Physical verification of building violations to go
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
In order to effect the expeditious transfer of ownership, the Chandigarh Housing Board has decided to dispense with the necessity of physical verification of building violations before effecting transfer.

But the building violations will not be condoned and the new transferee will continue to be liable for the building violation and an appropriate action will be taken as per the prescribed procedures against the transferee.

Earlier, the CHB has simplified its procedures from time to time to make its functioning transparent and people friendly. A computerised, modern and people-friendly reception was set up where citizens can approach the specially trained staff of CHB for all their problems. As an extension of this, the entire records of the CHB related to 42,000 dwelling units have been computerised and will be made online shortly so that allottees can view the information relating to their dwelling units on the Internet itself. Similarly, the CHB had streamlined the process relating to transfers also wherein the building violations inspection was made concurrently on receipt of application for transfer.

The CHB has also been examining the process of inspecting the building violations and transfers, etc.



Tribune employee bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Ram Singh (90), father of The Tribune employee, Paramjit Singh, a fitter in the rotary section, died in hospital here late this evening after a prolonged illness.

His funeral will take place tomorrow.




Make city animal free

The Chandigarh administration’s decision to shift dairies from five villages - Hallo Majra, Kajhedi, Palsora, Maloya and Dadu Majra - is commendable. This will help in keeping the city clean to a great extent besides reducing the number of accidents taking place due to animals roaming freely at nights.

The administration should take strict action against dairy owners and make Chandigarh animal free.

It will be beneficial both, for City Beautiful, which is heading towards world heritage status, and its residents.

G. K. Chopra

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Two bodies found
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 20
The Lalru police recovered a highly putrefied body of a middle-aged woman today. The unidentified body was found by onlookers this morning in the open fields of Lehli village near Lalru.

According to the police, the deceased seemed to be about 35-years old and was wearing a yellow printed suit. The body seemed to be lying in the open for over two weeks. The body has been sent for a postmortem to the Dera Bassi civil hospital. The police said residents of the village and the nearby areas have been directed to help in the identification of the body.

Meanwhile, a decomposed body of a man was recovered by the Zirakpur police from the Sukhna nallah near Choice Resort today.

According to the police, the unidentified body seemed to be of a migrant labourer. The police said efforts were being made to identify the body.



Youth held a day after robbery
Motorcycle of junk dealer recovered

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
A day after a junk dealer was robbed of his motorcycle and cash on the knife-point in the lonely area behind Colony Number 4, the local police today arrested the robber and recovered the motorcycle from him.

The accused has been identified as 23-year-old Amit Chauhan of Daun village near Kharar. Amit is a notorious criminal involved in over 20 incidents of snatching and robberies in the city. He had been declared proclaimed offender by local courts in five cases.

Giving details of the sequence of events leading to the arrest of Amit, DSP (East) P.K. Dhawan said after learning about the description of the accused from the victims, investigating officials showed the victim photographs of robbers and snatchers. The victim identified one picture which was of Amit and the police officer swung into action and conducted raids at his suspected hideouts.

Dhawan further said the police officials had information that Amit lived in Mauli Jagran. On reaching there, the police learnt that he had sold his house a month ago and started living in Daun village. The police raided his residence, but he was not there. The police got information that he was going to Chandigarh. It set up a naka at the poultry farm chowk and was able to nab him at around 5 pm.

The police said a case of robbery was registered on Monday on a complaint lodged by Ashok Kumar of Kajheri, alleging that his brother-in-law was robbed of Rs 1,500 and his motorcycle on Monday afternoon.

Giving a profile of the accused, the SHO of the Industrial Area said Amit was a member of notorious gang, which is involved in several incidents of robberies and snatchings. They were once arrested while planning to commit a robbery.

Amit had married a girl, employed as market executive in a private bank, about two months ago. He did not disclose anything about his checkered past to her. Instead he told her that he belonged to a good family. It was only when the police raided their house she came to know about his real life.

The girl told the police that theirs was a love marriage and her parents were against her marriage.

The police said Amit would be produced before a local court tomorrow for a police remand.



1 killed in accident
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, November 20
One person died and another was seriously injured in an accident on the Pinjore-Surajpur highway here today. Naveen Chand (35) died on the spot while his cousin Baby Tiwari was admitted to Kalka civil hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

Naveen, a Chandigarh resident, had gone to Surajpur for a wedding. He was going with his cousin to Kalka for some work when his bike was hit from the side by a truck.



Jewellery, foreign currency stolen from house
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Thieves decamped with gold ornaments cash and foreign currency after breaking into a house in Sector 45.

Davinder Singh of Sector 45allegied that a gold set, four gold chains, a gold kara, a gold ring, Rs 70,000, £ 7,000 and $5,000 were stolen from his residence on November 17.


Champa Devi of Sector 37 lodged a complaint alleging that three youngsters riding a motorcycle snatched her gold chain from near her residence on this afternoon.

In another incident, Shanky Sharma of Sector 46-B reported that two motorcyclists snatched his mobile phone from near his residence on Monday night.

Vehicle stolen

Punit Kumar of Sector 22 reported that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (CH-03-N-8098) was stolen from his residence last night. In another incident, Richa Sharma of Sector 36 reported that Maruti car (CH-03-L 6902) was stolen from her residence on November 17. Similarly, Lapinder Thapa of Sector 27 reported that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (PB-65-B 1429) was stolen on November 18.



Biz Word
Glass safety film launched
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 20
Garware Polyester Limited introduced a glass safety film Glassafe at Floor Square, Sector 8, here today. Megh Doot Deherkar, general manager, Garware Polyester Limited, in a jointly addressed press conference with Umesh Ghai, director, Floor Square, gave a live demonstration of breaking the glass.

Deherkar brought home the idea of glass safety through films, a concept which is swiftly catching up in the west.

With glass furniture and fittings being increasingly used in construction now-a-days, the safety features attached with them stand truly and fully addressed by a product like Glassafe, which minimised the risk factor besides enhancing the efficacy and aesthetic appeal of the glass, added Deherkar.

Another added benefit of Glassafe was absorption of 98 per cent ultraviolet rays and energy saving of up to 10 per cent to 75 per cent, concluded Deherkar.



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